The GRE, or Graduate Record Exam, is required by graduate school admissions committees at most universities in the United States. If you are applying to a psychology graduate school, you will probably be required to complete two separate tests, the General Test and the Subject Test in psychology. The General Test is made up of three sections - analytical writing, verbal and quantitative. The Subject Test covers a wide range of concepts in psychology.
The GRE is required by most U.S. graduate school programs.Photo courtesy Hannah Boettcher
When Should You Take the GRE?
While there are test dates available year-round, many admissions experts recommend taking the exam at least one year before you plan to begin graduate school. While many students take the GRE during the Fall semester to be ready to apply to graduate school, others opt to take the test in the Spring or Summer, just in case they need to complete a retake before submitting their scores to their schools of choice. Remember that each graduate program has unique admissions requirements. Always be sure to check the school's admissions guidelines to determine when you need to submit your application and make certain that you can have your GRE scores back before the deadline.
Preparing for the GRE
If you're getting ready to take the GRE, then you should check out some of the online resources available to help you study and perform your best. There are also many books, courses and software titles available to help with GRE prep. black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to Test Prep, Kelly Roell, has a number of great articles on how to prepare for different sections of the GRE:
- GRE 101
- GRE Verbal Section Practice Test
- How to Learn GRE Vocabulary